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By Halvdan Jakobsen (19th of July 2009)
On 12th August 2009 three years have passed since the Norwegian Friends of Haydom unilaterally and by physical force took control of Mulbadaw Farm and the Training and Service Unit of the former Hanang Wheat Complex. The properties were all legally handed over to Haydom Development Company Ltd (HDC Ltd) in 2005 in the presence of representatives of the Government of Tanzania. HDC Ltd is a Tanzanian registered company established in 2004 with the purpose of organizing the farming and development activities of the Haydom Lutheran Hospital as required by the laws of Tanzania.
by physical force efficient, but is it sustainable?
Sadly to say the Friends of Haydom in Norway are in full control of the Mulbadaw Farm in Hanang. We have seen the strategy of taking the law into their own hands at the international scene; Israel in Gaza, Coup d’état in Honduras. It is a strategy that sure works.
The long-term effect of this strategy is however not only control over land and property. It is associated with loss of friends, friends that are not comfortable with such behaviour. There is not such an effect to be seen yet in the support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; very fortunately for the people using the Haydom Lutheran Hospital. My own observations and those of some of my friends indicate however that the strong enthusiasm the local media and the local authorities showed for “the Haydom case” is dwindling. The behaviour of Friends of Haydom in this case leaves questions that have no decent answers; the “answers” spread outside the light of the public are not of a decent and true nature. The conflict has a built in “devil” that kills enthusiasm and motivation and there is a need to be open and honest now and to come to reconciliation. The invitation has been open on one condition throughout; it has to be based on Tanzanian laws.
Ltd is committed to the “Haydom Cause” – and is still ready to do
“Make no mistake” as Obama frequently underlines a message: Haydom Development Company Ltd was and is committed to work for the Haydom Lutheran Hospital and for the same people as that hospital serves. The very organization of it reflected this commitment by having the Medical Director of HLH as chairman, the HLH administrative officer as a director and two of the hospital legal advisers present on the Board, one as the vice chairman and director, the other as secretary. The HDC Ltd is based on a set of values associated with the participatory approach; values and approach different from the “charity approach” of the Norwegian Friends of Haydom.
This commitment and set of values are in contrast to the people behind the illegal occupation by the Norwegians. This different way of thinking can explain much of the conflict. Secrecy and using a local militia to take control over a Tanzanian company do not get along with openness and the participatory approach of HDC Ltd.
Three years after the occupation the Friends of Haydom in Norway might enjoy being in total control over the Mulbadaw Farm and the Central Maintenance and Service Centre; the Service Centre has however been closed since “the friends” took it by force three years ago. What development has this contributed to? What development do we foresee with a Norwegian Charity controlling the development? Has the time come to reboot and start all over again as the late Dr O.H.E. Olsen had it organized five years ago?
“celebration” is an occasion for an analysis; what differs in
organization and strategies?
 After the Medical Director of HLH withdrew from the HDC Ltd and he terminated the services of the hospital legal advisers and made the HLH administrative officer to resign, the Board has at present no representative from HLH. That can be changed if the HLH again wants to work with HDC Ltd.
 The two persons ”appointed” by the Medical Director, Dr Ø. E. Olsen to be in charge of “Haydom Farm” had during negotiations both in Arusha and in Kristiansand constantly to consult this person; indicating that the “authority” of Dr Ø.E. Olsen came from nobody else than this person. This person is in “real estate business” and “intelligence business” and a member of the Board of Directors of the charity Foundation Friends of Haydom in Norway, SHV.